A fun way to use leftover Halloween candy is to combine it to make thick and chewy Halloween cookies bars! They'll turn out different every time, depending on what candy you add to the cookie dough.
Halloween Cookie Bars
Halloween Cookie Bars are a soft, chewy cookie bar that incorporates a variety of candy and sprinkles. These bars are a fun way to get in the spooky spirit or use up leftover Halloween candy.
There are so many fun Halloween treats and I am making them alllllll! These cookie bars are so fun because they are super easy and never turn out the same way twice because you can mix and match what candy you use.
I get so excited around this time of year. I love the fall weather, smells, costumes, food, and the treats! Kids make this season extra fun (and a little exhausting) but mostly fun. I’m trying to soak up the magic of the season.
Halloween Cookie Bars are something the whole family will enjoy. What could be better than chopping up bits of candy and putting them in a yummy, soft cookie bar form!? My kids pick out the candy they want in the bars and we go from there.
More Halloween Treats:
- Halloween Popcorn Balls
- Dark Chocolate Halloween M&M Cookies
- Easy Oreo Spider Halloween Snacks
- 5 Easy No-Bake Halloween Treats
Halloween Candy Cookie Bars
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 9-16 bars 1x
A fun way to use leftover Halloween candy is to combine it to make thick and chewy cookies bars! They'll turn out different every time, depending on what candy you add to the cookie dough.
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 to 1 ½ cups chopped assorted Halloween Candy
- Halloween sprinkles, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9x9-inch baking dish with foil or parchment paper and grease well.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the melted butter and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat very well until the mixture is light and puffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and stir to combine. The dough won’t be as thick as traditional cookie dough.
- Chop the Halloween candy so that it's in bite sized pieces, if needed.
- Add half of the Halloween candy and stir to combine.
- Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan.
- Sprinkle the remaining Halloween candy on top of the cookie dough. Sprinkle the top of the dough with sprinkles if using.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. We bake them for 22 minutes on the dot every time and like that texture best.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before cutting, or let them cool completely and then use the foil or parchment to help remove them from the pan before cutting.
- You can double this recipe and bake it in a 9x13 inch pan for around 35 minutes.
- Feel free to use whatever Halloween candy you have on hand. I tend to stick with chocolatey candy like candy bars, M&M's, Milk Dud's, and we like anything with peanut butter in it!
- We don't normally use fruit candy like Skittle or taffy, but you can sure try it if you like!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Category: dessert
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: cookie bars, Halloween candy cookie bars, leftover halloween candy, chocolate chip cookie bars, cookie bar recipe, chewy cookie bars
What candy should I use for Halloween Cookie Bars?
The options are endless for this cookie bar recipe. Simply use any candy you have on hand or steal some from your kids hehe. Some personal favorites include KitKats, Snickers, Reese’s or Twix.
What should I do with leftover Halloween Candy?
First of all, make these bars!! They are a perfect way to use up candy. There are also lots of dentists that participate in a candy buy back program.
Candy also freezes well. Put some in a freezer safe bag and store for a rainy day. I'll often have my kids pick out bright colored candy to save to make gingerbread houses!
What candy is most popular at Halloween?
Have you ever wondered what is the top Halloween candy? Google says that the most popular candy for Halloween is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups followed by M&Ms. I fully support this.
Halloween Cookie Bars are a must make at some point in the next couple of weeks. They are a yummy and genius way to use up candy you already have!
The nephews, 12 & 9 had a blast making this! We had a good laugh when the flour flew out of the mixing bowl. I didn't line my pan...a mistake.....trying to shake it out of the cast iron skillet while still slightly warm created a mess...but a yummy mess....so we have random pieces instead of cute cut squares...but it is delicious! Oh...warning...whoppers turn into jaw breakers! Thanks for helping us make a fun memory!